Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
12Trip End Oct 25, 2008
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Squeezed into a minibus with my 2 backpacks on my lap for the journey to leon. It´s apparently one of the nicest colonial towns in Nicaragua, but my accomodation (lodging with an elderly couple) is on the edge of town, about 20m after the paved road system ends
Spent all of Saturday walking around town, which is pleasant. There are some very nice churches, though some are in definite need of a lick of paint (and probably were in need of it in the 70s too). Went to a museum which contains displays on 2 very different things, the use of the building as a torture prison in the 60s and 70s, and a papier mache models of childrens bedtime story characters.
Sunday I went to a backpacker cafe, to have a beer and hopefully bump into some people. As it turned out, an excursion was just about to leave. So I ended up going along to a cock fight. This is apparently quite a big thing in Nicaragua, with some people being professional cock rearers and bets and prized on fights being tens of thousands of US$. Apparently there is an art to rearing a champion, you have to jog with him for 30 minutes a day, and give him boxing gloves and an opponent to spar with. The cock fight we went to was just a small local one, with a couple of hundred dollars going on each fight. We were treated to free beer and snacks, and watched the spectacle. The loser doesn't have to die in the Nicaraguan version (though still does about 20% of the time), you'd think that would put people off chicken, but we were happily eating ¨last weeks loser¨as our snack. Someone found a baby alligator, about 20cm long, so we got to hold him (carefully, he still gave someone a bit of a cut)